Hang on to your seats mates as Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and co will be scaring us silly well into 2019. Having greenlit the seventh season of the hit horror anthology series American Horror Story last year, FX announced this week that they have renewed the series for two more seasons – ie through to season 9!
Appearing at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Thursday (January 12), FX Networks CEO John Landgraf announced the renewals saying, “American Horror Story launched the modern limited series revolution and — as evidenced by the most recent installment, Roanoke — it remains as vital today as when Murder House stunned audiences six years ago. Each new chapter is a cultural event, beloved for every new twist in imagery, style, cast and plot”.
He added, “We are thrilled that Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and the entire creative team will continue to deliver the groundbreaking, celebrated American Horror Story for years to come.”
A sentiment echoed by the shows many fans around the world.
When asked whether the increased series renewal was purely based off good ratings/good will, Landgraf replied that it was a little of both. “We know explicitly what next season is about; we don’t know what the eighth and ninth season are about. So yes, we’re extending [the renewal] out of trust and good will.
“I honestly couldn’t tell you what Season 8 or 9 will be, but I can tell you I’m really excited about Season 7. Also, Ryan made a commitment that he would continue to run that show.”
In addition to this very welcome news, Murphy was also on hand to deliver some season 7 announcements, including the fact that this season we will not be travelling back in time… a first for American Horror Story. “It’s a modern-day story,” Murphy revealed.
Always shrouded in intense levels of secrecy, this past season went above and beyond this with a strategic stealth reveal of the Roanoke theme. When asked whether the upcoming seventh season would have a similar marketing approach, Murphy stated that though a campaign has not been nutted out yet, he doubted that they would go down that path again. “I don’t know that we’d do that again,” he said. “I think maybe we would release [some hints] of it earlier. I just started writing it. I haven’t decided how to do it yet.” However, earlier in the day Landgraf commented on season 7, saying, “Ryan has another really innovative idea to do something fresh and different. There’s a marketing and promotional hook around that.” Still I doubt we will see the level of secrecy and false leads as distributed with Roanoke.
What we do know is that AHS alum Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters have both officially signed on for the season, making the two stars cast members of all seven seasons to date.
Murphy has also previously stated that this season will also see the return of a number of characters from season 4’s Freak Show as well as plans for a future season that crossovers with season 1’s Murder House and season 3’s Coven.
American Horror Story will return to FX later in 2017.